King George Street bombing

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King George Street bombing
Part of the Second Intifada militancy campaign
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The attack site
Location King George Street, Jerusalem
Date March 21, 2002
4:25 pm (GMT+2)
Attack type
suicide bombing
Deaths 3 (+ 1 suicide bomber)[1]
Non-fatal injuries
At least 42 people (seven of them seriously)[1]
Perpetrators al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility

The King George Street bombing was a suicide bombing which occurred on March 21, 2002 outside a clothing store and toy shop on King George Street in Jerusalem. Three Israeli civilians were killed in the attack.

The Palestinian militant organization al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.

The attack[edit]

On Thursday afternoon, 21 March 2002, a Palestinian suicide bomber detonated the explosive device, hidden underneath his jacket, in the middle of Jerusalem's shopping district in the King George Street in downtown Jerusalem amongst a crowd of shoppers.

The blast killed three civilians and more than 40 people were wounded, seven of them seriously.


  • Yitzhak Cohen, 48, of Modi'in[2]
  • Tsipi Shemesh, 29 (5 months pregnant with twins)[2]
  • Gadi Shemesh, 34[2]

The perpetrators[edit]

After the attack the Palestinian militia al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the bombing and stated that the perpetrator was Mohammad Hashaika, a 22-year-old from the West Bank village of Talluza near Nablus. Hashaika was a member of the Tanzim and a former Palestinian policeman. Later on, it was revealed that Hashaika was actually arrested for allegedly planning to carry out an earlier attack. Nevertheless, the Palestinian authority released him a week before he managed to carry out this suicide bombing.


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Coordinates: 31°46′55″N 35°13′00″E / 31.7820°N 35.2168°E / 31.7820; 35.2168